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15 Affirmations for Moms

When you are a mom it can be hard to prioritize yourself. Here are some affirmations to help you feel amazing! You can read these aloud each day, choose one you like and put it on a post-it or add them to your phone alarms. I do this and it reminds me how awesome I am.

1. I am an amazing mother!

2. I deserve time to be alone and recharge to be the best mom possible.

3. I am full of adventure and joy in motherhood.

4. I am a human who is worthy of love.

5. I deserve happiness!

6. I am an amazing person full of gifts and talents.

7. My body is beautiful. It takes care of me and my children every single day. I love it!

8. I am full of passion and have permission to share my passion with others.

9. I am allowed to enjoy activities that do not involve my children.

10. I am amazing!

11. I am full of beautiful ideas. My mind is a treasure trove of knowledge.

12. I am full of hope for my future and that of my children’s.

13. My unique parenting style is perfect for me and my family.

14. I am proud of myself.

15. I am proud of my children.

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My Personal Development Journey

My journey of personal development and expansion started about 2.5 years ago. At this time we had just relocated to our new home and I decided to go back to school. I wanted to become a teacher! Surprisingly, in all my years of being a nanny (10) I never thought about becoming a teacher myself. It was not until my oldest started school that I realized teaching would be a great fit. It was even more of a surprise to myself and everyone I know that I wanted to teach high school.

We moved to our new home in August of 2017 and I began school to become a teacher. My son started at his new school and my youngest and I spent our days at home together. After a few months of schooling and speaking with my counselor I realized that I could begin teaching ASAP I just had to complete some paperwork showing my Bachelor’s degree and apply within the schools for certification. I was soo excited! I decided to apply at the Junior High/High School across from my oldest son’s school. They did not have a job there for high school so I began to teach 7th and 8th grade Science. I was so excited!

At the same time I began to feel immense guilt. Since my oldest son was at the school across the street I did not feel bad for him. However, I felt bad for “leaving behind” my youngest in a day care setting. Even though we found an amazing day care with such loving and caring individuals I let the mom guilt eat me alive.

I decided to start listening to self help and personal development books. They were mostly about making money and starting a business. I thought if I could start my own business then I would not have the guilt of leaving my son and still help our family financially.

Turns out, I really, really love teaching! It also turns out that I did not need to feel guilty AT ALL for my son attending day care. He was having so much fun there with his friends and I was enjoying my days of teaching. It was a winning situation for all. A situation that I avoided for so many years because I let the world tell me that in order to be a good mother there were certain things I had to do. It took me 6 years as a parent to rid myself of this guilt and the world’s standards.

I have continued to develop myself as a person since this time and I am so happy that I am growing to be myself more and more each day.

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Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge: Day 2

Today we officially began research! I can’t believe it’s only day 2 and the first day of research because so much has happened in this one day.

We began the day getting fitted for our trusty waders. As this is a wetland study, cold and full of bugs we need the waders to protect us. These neoprene beauties also paired well with our rubber boots and bug nets. It’s a stylish look, for sure.

After we found the correct waders, shoes and bug nets we returned to our classroom to learn all about maps. I’ll be honest I’ve never had a love for maps but our tech and trainee Danielle was so excited it made me feel the same. She explained the difference between GPS, GIS and cartography. They really do some interesting things with maps that I didn’t realize. The layers of GIS can give so much information about certain areas and the inhabitants there along with the landscape. We also talked about Google Earth, which many people love but don’t always think about the technology involved in those maps.

We learned about the satellite landsat7 that takes the images for Google Earth. Since we were talking about images and mapping we also looked at many other satellites at the website stuffin.space It’s amazing! The website basically showed all the junk we’ve put into orbit and there is a lot! I will definitely be using this in my classroom, the kids will love it.

After our lesson on maps we went out into the field and began learning to use GPS. I’m fairly certain if my dad were here he’d be making fun of me for my lack of use and understanding of the GPS Sorry, Dad! I figured it out!

After some quick practice with the GPS we had the absolutely amazing experience of watching the team here release some snowy owls! Apparently, the owls were supposed to be released yesterday but our flight delay also delayed their release. These owls were born in an owl sanctuary knowing that the ultimate goal was to release them when old enough. Their parents unfortunately cannot fly so they can’t release but these owls are bred and then their offspring are released into snowy Owl environments. Which, is just amazing! There was 1 female and three males (if I remember correctly).

Our PI, LeAnn and tech Morgan told us their history and then released them. The owls were a tad hesitant to leave their current homes but once they were out they were fast in their flight. I am so grateful to have been here on a day this occurred and be able to watch their release. It was beautiful.

After the release and lunch we had a short safety briefing. We talked about the importance of safety in the cold wetland conditions and the risk of polar bear encounters. To sum it all up we need to listen to our PI and bear watchers. Their whole job is to ensure our safety and that’s definitely appreciated. We are in bear country and need to respect that.

After the safety briefing we had our first experience in the field! As I said yesterday, we are helping one of the researchers, Tom, with the study of his Wood Frogs (not woodland). What we are doing is helping him flag known locations of the frogs as well as random locations. His thesis and study is to see what will happen to the frogs as earth continues o warm and the permafrost layer melts. This layer is so important in the wetland environment here because it keeps the wetlands from drying out. When this permafrost melts the water dries up, as do the wood frogs homes. He wants to study their area of living to see what will occur and he’s using plaster molds of frogs to also see the amount of water loss that occurs.

It is such interesting research and really shows the correlation of our changing climate and the effect it will have on the animals living here. We know this melting of permafrost will occur. Only time can tell what will happen to our wood frogs when this does happen.

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Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge: Day 1

We arrived in Churchill, Canada today. After 2 delays we made it to our destination around 3pm. I didn’t know I had a fear of airplanes until we got on a small jet that used a propellar for flying. Unfortunately, for me I was also sitting and staring at this propellar the entire flight just imagining all the ways it could possibly bring about my demise. Needless to say, I’ll try to avoid sitting next to the propellar on my return flight.

Due to our late arrival we didn’t do much in term of research, study and exploration today. However, our Principal Investogator (PI), LeAnn, did give us a brief summary of our location and upcoming research projects.

Our location here in Churchill is part of the sub arctic. She showed us an image similar to the one below and explained that Churchill is in the “armpit” of the sub arctic. She reminded us that even though we may not see the snow and ice currently we are still in a winter environment and it’s the northwestern winds that bring the cold to this area.

We also learned about something called isostatic rebounding. Which, is when there used to be a glacial sheet that used to be pushing down on the Earth, the sheet has melted and the Earth is rebounding from these effects.

Our job during this journey will be to study wetlands, their biodiversity and the differences in each. Due to this isostatic rebounding there are new portions of earth’s crust making their appearance at our top level. This means that the wetlands near the Hudson Bay. On which our facility sits are much younger than those further inland. We are going to compare the biodiversity in each region. We are also going to help a grad student with his studies in hepatology, or frogs, there are 2 different types of frogs we will be looking at Woodland frogs and the other I can’t remember and will update tomorrow.

The facilities here are gorgeous. Everything is lush and green. A huge change from the Arizona summer. I love waking up and looking out my window with the view of the water. There are safety precautions because this is polar bear territory. We cannot wander outside alone and must also be very careful in our water use. More on that later when I explain the facility. I am so excited to be here and get out into the wetlands and see what we can discover!

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New Year, New Resolutions?

I love setting resolutions but it can be overwhelming. My rebellious nature tends to fight against what I have to do so heres 10 Things I am NOT doing in 2019:
1. I’m not caring what others think of me. That’s their business and I am who I am. Take it or leave it.
2. I’m not dieting! Everything in moderation has been my life motto. It’s worked this far.
3. I’m not waiting. There are no right or perfect times. There’s only now and I’m not waiting.
4. I’m not giving up on myself. I have plans.
5. I’m not settling. Life is too short to live unhappy.
6. I’m not spending more than I make. Budgets create more opportunities to travel!
7. I’m not taking everything so seriously. I love laughing! I love making silly jokes and I love sharing them with others. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
8. I’m not reaching for perfection. It doesn’t exist.
9. I’m not judging myself and others. We all just need LOVE.
10. I’m not going to spend all my time on my phone. Intentional fun family time is a big focus this year!
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What are you NOT doing this year? #unfiltered2019

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Free! Printable Calendar and Lesson Planning

Let’s Organize!

Hey guys, 

I recently created these amazing calendar pages for myself and wanted to share them with all of you. 

As a mom, teacher and woman working to grow her own business I was having a hard time finding an organizer that had all of these, in one. Maybe you are like me but I hate having a different folder for each item. I want to be able to place one binder in my bag and just go. So, I placed each of my printable in one binder. However, since these are separate pages you are welcome to divide them as you would like. I hope you enjoy them and please let me know if you use them! Feel free to tag me in a post on Instagram or send me a message.

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20 Online Shops to Visit on Small Business Saturday

Does it ever hit Small Business Saturday and you are really unsure of where to shop? It is likely that you have just spent a small fortune on Black Friday and maybe you are excited for Cyber Monday but these are our fellow friends and small shops that need our support for survival! Literally. If you have been or are a business owner you understand the need for others to be a part of your business every day to stay open. To help you out, I have gathered a list of 20 shops you can visit and know that you are helping a small business owner and you may even create lasting friendships! That is the best part about shopping small.

Click the link below to visit the store. Happy shopping!

  1. Non-Toxic Household Items
  2. Personalized Coffee Mugs
  3. Gorgeous Outfits
  4. Yoni Eggs
  5. #ConfidentGirl: Discover Your Most Confident Self
  6. New Website and Business Coaching
  7. Confidence Coaching
  8. Custom Artwork
  9. Crystals, Gemstones and Jewels
  10. Magick Jewelry
  11. Handmade Crochet Blankets
  12. Angelic Healing Meditations
  13. 1:1 Coaching and other Services
  14. Tees for Entrepreneurs
  15. Baby Sleep Manual
  16. Painting Classes
  17. Handmade Signs
  18. Boutique Clothing
  19. Essential Oils and Wellbeing
  20. One Heart Coffee
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5 Reasons to Consider Non-Toxic Skin Care and Household Products

You may or may not have heard the terms non-toxic, natural, organic or simple recently regarding your skin care and household products. However, what does that really mean?  “Non-toxic is a term established by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.  This act, which is enforced by the Consumer Product and Safety commission, defines what are toxic substances and toxic situations.   A product is considered to be toxic if it can cause personal injury or illness to humans when if it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. Products are also considered toxic if they can cause long term or chronic problems such as cancer or birth defects.  If a product does not contain a known toxic chemical, it can be labeled as non-toxic” With that being said, not all non-toxic products are created equally and should still be used with caution. However, when it comes down to it I would rather slather myself and my children in lotion that is safer for my family. Without further ado, five reasons to consider non-toxic products for your family.

  1. Reduced Carcinogens. 

Carcinogens are “any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer. This may be due to the ability to damage the genome or to the disruption of cellular metabolic processes.” Many toxic chemicals are known to contain carcinogens, you can view the full list on the American Cancer Society.

2. Gentler on Skin.

Non-toxic skin care products are known for the gentle effect on our skin. This can be especially important for children and infants. The gentle skin helps keep the skin moist without the toxins being soaked in. I am not sure about you, but I use soap and lotion every day. I mean, I think it is fairly common.

3. Your Clothes Will Last Longer.

Household products with less toxins are also gentler on your clothes. Why? Well, without the toxic bleach and other harsh chemicals your clothes are not treated to an acrid wash each and every time you clean them. Helping maintain their fresh look and lasting even longer than normal. 

4. Less Inhaled Toxins

When we think about our household products we also tend to neglect the fact that we inhale the toxins in our home. In a recent study of home cleaning products, it was shown that cleaning products and accidents mixing cleaning chemicals has produced over 200 known cases of illness that have sent individuals to the hospital. One case even ended in death. Why does this happen? Well, I cannot say for sure in each case, but there are many tutorials on the internet telling individuals how to create their own cleaning products, but neglects safety information. Did you know mixing bleach and lemon juice creates a toxic fume? Why create your own cleaning products when you can use non-toxic cleaners that have been made for you and are safe.

Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900’s) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.
Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University

5. The Great Smell!

I am not sure how much experience you have with non-toxic products, but the ones we use smell SO GOOD! They are not overpowering because fragrances are often toxic but keep our home super fresh. I am obsessed with our room spray, like A LOT. If you want to know more about our specific products feel free to send me a message in the form below or SHOP NOW!

 

References: 

http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/general-info/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens.html

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231004002171

https://www.cpsc.gov/

Disclaimer: None of the above information has been reviewed by a medical professional and has been completed with independent research. As such, the author will not be held responsible for any damage that may occur. Please consult a physician for any medical information.

 

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For the one who gives you everything, give them the gift of JORD

Last weekend my husband and I had our wedding anniversary. We have been married seven years! Time sure does fly when you are having fun.

My husband and I are very fortunate to have been given the gift of alone time last weekend. My in-laws generously agreed to babysit so we could take a road trip all alone, just the two of us, no kids. Glorious!

Of course, we love our children and we missed them, but spending time with your partner after children is so important. Giving them the gift of your time is one of the most generous gifts that can be given. There are so many distractions in life after kids. It is so easy to get wrapped up in your little people and forget about one another. I am guilty of this, so is my husband. Becoming cognizant of our time together had been one of the best attributes of our marriage.

On our way to drop the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa’s house I asked my husband if we could stop by our mailbox. Inside, there was a surprise for him! I had ordered him the Conway watch from JORD. This watch is absolutely gorgeous. He was ecstatic when he pulled it from the box. All of the watches from JORD are Wood watches and his first comment was how wonderful the real wood smelled. Next, he was thrilled with the blue face of the watch. This made me especially happy because I know blue is his favorite color and I made sure to find one he would love.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JORD. I was given a free watch in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Along with the beauty, the functionality of the watch is amazing. He was so excited he asked me to set the watch so he could show his parents and it was easy to do so. One click out and twist to set the time, pull the top button and he was set! The watch is also equipped with a guide to help you easily set the time.

The Conway also features a 3-dial face with a sapphire glass and luminescent hands. The beautiful wood is also splash resistant, which is great for frequent hand washing.
I could tell my husband was so proud of his new watch. His parents loved it and he received so many compliments over the weekend. He wears it with pride every day. I know he loves to show it off and tells me he’s showered with compliments every day. If you’re searching for a one-of-kind gift for the most important person in your life, consider the gift of JORD.

Even better, enter to win $100.00 toward your purchase! Every person who enters will be given a $25.00 credit toward a watch after the winner has been drawn. Either way, you win! Your partner will be thrilled with this gift. Plus, the holidays are coming! What better gift than a gift to remember all of your wonderful times together. Happy shopping and best of luck!

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